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Animals 2015, 5(1), 138-150; doi:10.3390/ani5010138

A Critical Analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing

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RSPCA Australia, P.O. Box 265, Deakin West, ACT 2600, Australia
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Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Law School, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
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University of Bristol, Langford BS40 5DU, UK
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RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Sussex RH13 9RS, UK
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Academic Editor: Clive Phillips
Received: 21 November 2014 / Revised: 8 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 20 March 2015
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This is a critique of the British Horseracing Authority’s 2011 report, A Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing. It analyses the way the report uses science and public opinion research to reach conclusions on the animal welfare impact of whip use. Our analysis suggests that some of the report’s findings are insufficiently defended by the report and that further independent scientific review is needed to reach definitive conclusions about whip use on racehorse welfare.

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There is increasing controversy about the use of the whip as a performance aid in Thoroughbred horseracing and its impact on horse welfare. This paper offers a critical analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) 2011 Report Responsible Regulation: A Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing. It examines the BHA’s process of consultation and use of science and public opinion research through the application of current scientific literature and legal analysis. This analysis suggests that the BHA’s findings on the welfare impact and justification for whip use are insufficiently defended by the report. These findings indicate that the report is an inadequate basis from which to draw any definitive conclusions on the impact of whips on racehorse welfare. Further review is needed, undertaken by an independent scientific body, to advance this debate. View Full-Text
Keywords: equine; horse; pain; racing; welfare; whip equine; horse; pain; racing; welfare; whip
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Jones, B.; Goodfellow, J.; Yeates, J.; McGreevy, P.D. A Critical Analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing. Animals 2015, 5, 138-150.

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